Red Sox manager Terry Francona said on The Big Show Wednesday that it was a fine line between performance and potential with pitcher Andrew Miller who has made it out of the fifth inning just once in his last four starts.
"There's a lot to like about this kid and certainly we're walking a fine line between now, the future and what he can do [and] performance," Francona said. "The saving grace is we're 6-1 in his starts. I understand what's going on, we're in our bullpen a lot and things like that. There's a lot to like about this kid. I think [pitching coach] Curt Young thinks this guy is going to be in our rotation next year. It's something to think about."
Francona added that it was a tough call to make because the Sox like his upside. "I know at times he needs to be better and I think he realizes that," Francona said. "At the same time if you panic or lose confidence a little bit early you...
The Patriots became the first team in the NFL to vote unanimously to recertify the National Football League Players Association as a union after lengthy meeting with NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith on Wednesday, according to Ron Borges of the Boston Herald. The recertification of the players' association is expected to continue throughout training camp and without an issue, as all 32 teams are expected to vote on the issue sooner rather than later. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Hall of Fame baseball reporter and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show and talked about trade deadline news involving the Red Sox.
Gammons said it seems likely that the Red Sox will focus on starting pitching, although the price for Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez appears to be too high. But with Andrew Miller struggling, the Sox might be forced to be more aggressive on the trade market.
"They're not going to get Ubaldo Jimenez; they're not getting a front-line guy," Gammons said. "I was told that Andrew probably will start one more time. And if he'll go back to throwing the ball the way he did earlier in the season -- just letting it go. It's very clear that when he starts thinking about throwing strikes, he reverts to his Florida nightmare and slows his arm action down. After that, they can see. They can put him in the bullpen for the rest of the year or whatever, and take...
Talking prior to the Red Sox' 13-9 win over the Royals Tuesday night, David Ortiz told WEEI.com that he would welcome the Sox heading into the playoffs with Josh Reddick as the team's everyday right fielder.
"That kid right there, I would throw up against anybody," Ortiz said. "What he's doing right now for us is big-time.
"When I watch him play he just looks like one of those old-school guys who plays the game hard. It doesn't matter who's pitching, he's going to give you 120 percent when he's playing. That kid right there, that's how he is. His confidence is unbelievable, he's hungry and he wants to play. I'll take my chances with him."
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Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan suggested that Dustin Pedroia, who went 4-for-5 and came up a few feet of a homer that would have given him the cycle in Tuesday's 13-7 win over the Royals, is having a season to rival the 2008 campaign that ended with the second baseman being named the AL Most Valuable Player. Pedroia is now hitting .304 with a .404 OBP (on pace to be a new career high) and .880 OPS (also on pace for a new best). His 13 homers project to a career high 21, and he's already matched a career high with 20 steals.
"He always looks for a way to help us win the game that day. ... That’s why he won the MVP in 2008 and that’s why he’s going to start entering into the conversation this year," said Magadan. "He’s something else. It’s a very short list of guys you would trade him for in my eyes."
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.
Brady lawyer, Ted Olson, speaks about the latest Deflategate news on GMA and Gerry reads Larry King's latest Kings Things.
Ortiz, Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr are all MVP candidates. Chili Davis should be too.
The guys start off the show talking about the latest Deflategate news and recap a full weekend of Red Sox action against the Indians.
Joe Kelly threw 6.2 no-hit innings in his first start since returning from the DL on Saturday, and Lou gets very exciting thinking about Joe Kelly and his potential.
DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL PA spoke out about why Tom Brady and his team are filing another appeal, and the guys break down what the latest Deflategate news means for Brady going forward.
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.
We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
Rob Bradford sits down with both former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell and current Sox three-bagger, Travis Shaw, for an in-depth discussion on what it's like to be a 6-foot-3, starting third baseman in Boston.
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